Originally Posted by NasserAE
It doesn't matter how careful Apple is. They will get harassed until they pay like everyone else. Apple is not paying enough.
This is ridiculous. You are equating lobbying with corruption, and essentially arguing that if Apple doesn't pay "protection" to the government that they will be shaken down as if the government was Al Capone or something.
"anantksundaram" is totally right in that this is something that "comes with bigness," but the government, especially the DoJ, doesn't investigate companies on a whim, nor does it investigate the companies the White House tells it to, nor does it investigate companies that don't "pay up." As with most criminal complaints, it investigates at the behest of a complainant that makes a case against the company in question and raises possible legal issues that require an investigation to solve.
If this investigation is, as AppleInsider notes, mostly about whether or not they screwed over Amazon, then you can bet that Amazon initiated the complaint with the DoJ
The sad thing about "being big" is that every other company will use whatever means to take a pot shot at you. All the patent suits, all the complaints, all the investigations, are because Apple is "big," but also because Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and a host of other companies are using their legal teams to try to slow down Apple's progress. It happens all the time.